On Ward Churchill, Flynn’s “convinced that he’s not an Indian at all” who “used an ethnicity to capitalize, to exploit it for his own career purposes.” In the name of “political solidarity” and diversity the University of Colorado hired him, questionable past and all.
On what to do about Churchill, Flynn differs from me and others who want schools to drop his upcoming speeches. Flynn told me “Once you invite someone to speak there’s really nothing you can do about it.” He also fears retaliation on conservative speakers. Having his books burned was just one of the bad experiences Flynn had on the college speaking circuit. Banning Churchill will empower the Left to stop conservative speakers. A intellectually stifling tit-for-tat.
In Flynn’s new book Intellectual Morons he examines how “ideology acts like a mental straightjacket.” He went on,
It blinds adherence to reality. It breeds fanaticism. It justifies dishonesty….
Ideology makes smart people stupid.
How do we know we’ve stumbled upon an intellectual moron (IM)? Flynn describes them:
An IM is someone who’s blessed with great cognitive abilities, but because they squander those abilities by relying on ideology to provide them their thoughts rather than their brain.
A prime example of an IM on the Left is Noam Chompsky. He earned his academic position as a linguist, but he’s most known as a radical, anti-American preacher. For Flynn having a “high IQ is not an antidote to thinkheadedness.” “Because you’re brilliant in that one field doesn’t give you license to start making proclaimations about everything under the sun,” Flynn continues.
As for right-wing IMs Flynn mentioned Leo Strauss and Ayn Rand. Strauss believed thinkers through history had hidden messages in their works. One level of reading was for the lay public while another was for learned scholars. Flynn find Strauss philosophic approach as “Plato’s noble lie writ large.” It’s acceptible for the intelligensia to lie to the public if it’s a noble cause. Think of it as a merging of Machiavelli and Plato.
Flynn criticizing Ayn Rand. He’s a fan of her novels and views them as “propagandist.” Some of her followers are known to be a little cult-like. Flynn told me some have gone so far as to talk with a Russian accent.
By going after IMs of both Right and Left Flynn demonstrates his book is not the shallow polemic the title implies.